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No Similarities Between Potter + Puttar, Says Indian Film Boss

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Latest: Bosses of Indian film Hari Puttar have defended the movie - insisting it doesn't infringe on the copyright of the Harry Potter franchise.

Bosses at movie giant Warner Bros. are taking legal action against Indian based studio Mirchi Movies, who are set to release a film entitled Hari Puttar - A Comedy of Terrors, which follows the life of a 10-year-old Indian boy who moves to Britain, on 12 September.

Warner believes the name is too similar to the title character of the hugely popular wizard franchise, and are willing to fight through the courts to ensure the film doesn't hit cinemas worldwide.

But bosses at Mirchi Movies insist their film has no similarities to the lead character of the J.K. Rowling's hit books.

A spokesman for the studio says, "Our film bears no resemblance to the Hollywood film Harry Potter and it is a completely different story

"Our film has been in the making for quite some time and everyone knew about it."

The case is due in the Bombay High Court on 25 August.

Warner Sues Indian Studio Over Harry Potter Similarities

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Warner Sues Indian Studio Over Harry Potter Similarities
Movie giant Warner Bros. are suing Indian studio bosses in relation to a movie they believe infringes on the copyright of the Harry Potter franchise.

Warner Bros. filed a lawsuit against Mumbai-based studio Mirchi Movies, who are set to release a film entitled Hari Puttar - A Comedy of Terrors, which follows the life of a 10-year-old Indian boy who moves to Britain, on 12 September.

However, Warner Bros. believes the name is too similar to the title character of the hugely popular wizard franchise, whose latest film, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, has been pushed back for release until next year.

A spokesperson for Warner Bros. says, "We have recently commenced proceedings against parties involved in the production and distribution of a movie entitled Hari Puttar.

"Warner Bros. values and protects intellectual property rights. However, it is our policy not to discuss publicly the details of any ongoing litigation."

But Mirchi Movies bosses disagree there are any copyright conflict.

The studio's CEO, Munish Purii, says, "... we registered the Hari Puttar title in 2005, and it's unfortunate that Warner has chosen to file a case so close to our film's release. In my opinion, I don't think our title has any similarity or links with Harry Potter."

The case is due to be head in the Bombay High Court on 25 August.

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